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The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction

Foreword by Pat Mills

A truly astonishing, illustrated history of Science fiction, covering fantasy, and horror, with forays into crime, mystery and the gothic. Using timelines, online links, illustrations, posters, movie stills, book covers, and more, this amazing new book propels us into the well of modern imagination, from its roots in Frankenstein, through Verne, H.G. Wells, the late gothic and weird horror of Lovecraft to the mass market sensationalism of the Pulp magazines. The Pulps then invoked a new generation of writers (such as Ray Bradbury and Robert Bloch) of the Golden Age before many transitioned to screenwriting for the movies and early TV (Psycho, Star Trek, Twilight Zone), inspiring, in turn, the invasion of superheroes, gigantic spaceships, and dystopian landscapes onto our data-streaming tablets and computers.

The book explores the interplay between great writers, (Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke) and story-telling directors (Kubrick, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas) who create powerful Sci-Fi, reflecting and challenging the developments of technology, science and society. Each have played a major role in this all-consuming, speculative form of world-building, from its early manifestation as a shocking literary event, to the mass market sensation is today.

A multiple Hugo award winner Langford is a British author, editor and critic, heavily active within the science fiction field. He publishes the science fiction fanzine and newsletter Ansible and appears regularly on panels at SciFi conventions worldwide.

Former writer and editor of leading science fiction magazine SFX and Comic Heroes magazine, Dave Golder currently divides his time between editing geek entertainment website MyM BUZZ and trying to write a sitcom about Cornish zombies. He is author of the books Science Fiction Movie Posters: The Fantastic Chronicle of Movie Posters and Dystopia: Post-Apocalyptic Art, Fiction, Movies & More and contributor to Sci-Fi Chronicles.

Jess Nevins is a librarian at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas, and is the author of a number of books on nineteenth and twentieth century popular literature, including The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (2005), The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4000-Year History of the Superhero (2017), and The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (2017). He lives in Tomball with his wife Alicia and son Henry.

As a boy, Russ Thorne loved reading Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, playing Hero Quest and poring over issues of 'White Dwarf', admiring the cover art in the process. Later he studied English Literature and got to know Homer's heroes and a bit of Beowulf, before beginning a career as a writer and editor. Since then he's published books on tattoo art, body piercing and vampires and writes regularly for national newspapers including the Independent.

Sarah Dobbs is a freelance writer and digital producer who’s contributed to Total Film, SFX, SciFiNow, Wired, and Horrorville. She was a founding editor on pop culture website Den of Geek, and now co-hosts monthly horror movie podcast Casting The Runes. She owes her love of science fiction to her mum, who got her started on Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X Files at an early age.

More books in this series: Inspirations & Techniques